Killer faces prison after being caught trimming lawn with pair of scissors

A convicted killer is facing prison in a "peculiar" case – after he was caught cutting grass with a pair of scissors.

Karl Hardwick, 37, was stopped by an officer snipping the lawn while he was in the front garden of a property in Worcester.

Worcester Crown Court heard it breached the terms of his Criminal Behaviour Order he was given for a previous assault on a police officer in 2017.

The court heard Hardwick, of Worcester, had a "significant" criminal record, including a conviction for manslaughter.

He was jailed for eight years in 2000 after he and a friend kicked a man to death over a row about money.

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On Friday he admitted possessing a bladed article – namely scissors – on September 22 last year.

In a separate incident in April this year, Hardwick admitted battery against a 70-year-old woman.

Simon Burch, prosecuting, said: "It's clear there's some peculiar features of the offence, not least the bladed article which are scissors used by the defendant to cut grass in the presence of the officer."

The court heard he also attacked the pensioner in April this year.

Judge Nicholas Cole said of the new charges: "These are offences which, taken together, cross the custody threshold.

"He was acting strangely with the scissors.

"The defendant has a significant antecedent history including an offence of manslaughter when he was aged 17."

Hardwick was jailed after he kicked dad-of-four Thomas O'Brien, 47, to death outside a hostel on August 27, 2000.

Mr O'Brien, a scaffolder, suffered fatal brain injuries after he was repeatedly booted in the head by Hardwick and Graham Davis, 18.

The court heard Mr O'Brien had been staying at the hostel after falling into alcoholism and a row broke out between him and Hardwick's friends.

Sam Lamsdale, defending, said Hardwick was "anxious to be sentenced" for his latest crimes.

He was remanded into custody and ordered to return to court on November 13 for sentencing.

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